Mark Glaser has an interesting piece about hyper-local newsites at his PBS.org blog. He includes mention of Front Porch Forum, which is appreciated, but I would characterize FPF differently… FPF is not an email list.
Front Porch Forum is collection of online neighborhood forums that cover 100% of a metro area. While FPF uses email as its primary distribution channel now, it’s also available over the web and we’ll be adding other channels over time. FPF is not about the technology, it’s about convening and maintaining neighborhood conversations in every part of a metro area.